LEED pilot credits for Resilient Design are available for projects once again—and they are more effective at enhancing project resilience than ever before. As profiled in USGBC’s new policy brief LEED Resilient Design Pilot Credits: How LEED Empowers Projects to Achieve a Higher Level of Resilience, the credits were first
By Dave Gowers With energy efficiency increasingly becoming the focus of both commercial and residential construction, we must seriously consider ICF construction as being a realistic solution to this energy efficiency demand. But what does Zero Net Energy mean? Simply put, any structure designed for zero net energy must generate
By Dave Gowers As natural disasters sweep our nation, awareness is rapidly growing that building with Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) has the ability to prevent significant tragic damage to home and personal safety. Building with disaster-resistant methods such as ICF pose a solution to three very topical and urgent requirements:
Every American wants to own their own home. Financially it isn’t always possible, particularly if you’re a first time buyer. According to the New York Times from 2017, the nationwide average home price is $182,500. Even with a deposit as low as 6 percent, this amount can be a struggle.
By Donn Thompson and Jamie Farny An increasing number of U.S. households are located in areas that are affected by flooding and high winds. Based on the findings of the 2010 U.S. census, more than half of our population now resides in coastal counties. There is a tangible benefit
Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment and SUNY Upstate Medical University have found a link between green buildings and improved cognitive function. “The Impact of Working in a Green Certified Building on Cognitive Function and Health” study found occupants
Massachusetts topped the U.S. Green Building Council‘s annual list of 10 leading states for LEED certification in 2016 with 136 certified projects, up from third place the year before. Coming in second was Colorado with 92 projects, followed by Illinois, New York and California. Washington, D.C., had 120 projects, but